All posts by Michelle Reynolds

Object of the Week – “Untitled”

Marsha Burns has spent much of her career capturing people whose existence is self-defined. Working in Seattle in the 1970s, she focused on creating figure studies and nudes in her studio. Her models, usually friends and acquaintances with androgynous qualities, posed in a mostly empty setting in various states of undress accompanied by select objects … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Untitled”

Object of the Week – “Waiting Lady #291”

“I love creating open stories in my artwork” writes Seattle-based artist Saya Moriyasu. By using figurative elements, like those visible in “Waiting Lady 291,” and broad, yet informative titles, Moriyasu creates an implied story that connects with the viewer. This approach also provides enough material to encourage interpretation and allows the viewer to understand a … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Waiting Lady #291”

Object of the Week – “Self Portrait Drawing”

Portraits have a long history with examples in a variety of mediums and cultures across time. More than just a record of someone’s appearance, portraits are often used to show the power, importance, beauty, wealth, education, taste and other qualities of the sitter. Self-portraits, a subgroup within the genre, can often be reflective or revelatory. … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Self Portrait Drawing”

Object of the Week – “Swoops and Cyclone”

Inspired by the natural landscape, diverse visual histories, and everyday surroundings, Charlene Liu creates mixed media works through an amalgam of printmaking, painting, and papermaking processes, alongside multimedia projects in video and installation. By combining imagery drawn from cultural and natural references and deliberate choices in color and artistic technique, Liu creates work that pulses … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Swoops and Cyclone”

Object of the Week – “Above Paradise, Mount Rainier”

Misty clouds in shades of gray obscure a complete view of the snow dusted southwest corner of Washington’s tallest peak, Mount Rainier. The clouds, each one unique in color, shape, and density, frame various aspects of the mountainside, drawing the viewers eyes up toward a peak completely obscured by darkness. Texture and shades of gray … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Above Paradise, Mount Rainier”

Object of the Week – “Water Tower”

Zama Vanessa Helder’s work is often identified with a style known as precisionism for the sharp, linear edges used to define objects. Precisionist images celebrate America’s then-fledgling industrial and urban age and the crisp geometry of its factories, skyscrapers, bridges, and other architectural wonders. Helder took this style to new heights by working in watercolor, … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Water Tower”

Object of the Week – “Rattlesnake Grass”

Virna Haffer experimented with and mastered a variety of photographic styles and techniques throughout her career, creating images that can be categorized as pictorialist, surrealist, documentary, straight, or modernist. She further manipulated her images in the darkroom by altering and combining negatives and using equipment such as her enlarger to create striking new works. In … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Rattlesnake Grass”

Object of the Week – “January”

Michael Brophy is often considered the quintessential Northwest artist. His decades-long focus and wry approach to the people, landscape, and history of the region have earned him much attention from collectors, museums, and critics. Brophy’s solid, realist painting style is remarkably independent from his generation’s leanings toward abstraction and conceptual formats. His vigorous painting style … Continue reading Object of the Week – “January”

Object of the Week – “Rainscape”

Joe Feddersen is a printmaker as well as a glass and textile artist. In the tradition of his Plateau Indian ancestors, he uses symbols in his work to record the landscapes around him, both rural and urban. In Plateau design, geometric motifs on baskets and weavings represent topographical details and other markers of a particular … Continue reading Object of the Week – “Rainscape”

Object of the Week – Untitled white and pink vessel

Sonja Blomdahl has been working in glass for over forty years. Her vessels are based on classical traditional forms, symmetrical in shape with clean, spare lines. A specialist in the incalmo, or double bubble, glassblowing technique, she layers different colors of glass to create rich hues that shift in intensity as light moves through them. … Continue reading Object of the Week – Untitled white and pink vessel